Sometimes there's nothing like taking a pending global disaster and making an action romp of a game out of it. Thankfully a couple of year's back when LucasArts were bumbling around not remaking Grim Fandango (if only!), they decided that it was time to give the meteorologists and geologists a game for which they had probably been clamouring for years. Enter Fracture, a game set in a future where the US has split into two warring and xenophobic factions due to global warming and you have a gun that can deform and restructure the Earth's surface.
If you fancy getting in on the terraforming action you can pick up a copy of the Xbox 360 version of Fracture for just £4.95 from ShopTo, which will save you around £3 as the nearest competitor is MyMemory, listing the game at £7.95.
The year is 2161, the United States has been literally torn apart by rising water levels caused by global warming, into two factions: the Atlantic and the Pacific, and they hate one another. You take on the role of the worst named protagonist in gaming history - Jet Brody - as he attempts to stop the Republic of Pacifica from engaging the Western world in all-out warfare.
Fracture has a few things going for it, not least the ability to manipulate the game's landscape. The Entrencher - the part of your Super Suit that can raise and sink raw dirt - is possibly one of the best gaming weapons since the gravity gun . . . or at least it would be if it wasn't limited to mud. You can create trenches and hills outside, but don't expect to have any fun when you're on the inside unless there's a conspicuous patch of dirt in the corner of the room, which kind of gives the escape route away.
The gameplay has been pulled out of everything from Halo to Resistance, and even with the ability to turn people into icicles or hurl boulders at your enemies, it all gets pretty generic rather quickly. For £4, that's not too much of a problem, but don't expect the innovative concepts on offer a particularly unique experience. The multiplayer's pretty good (although you might struggle to find a game online), and the single campaign is fun for the first hour, but after that everything just sort of blends into everything else.
Fracture suffers from being a game with big ideas and poor execution. That said, it's an absolute steal for under £4. You won't necessarily be thrilled or dazzled by anything in this game, but it's a fun way to pass a couple of hours, and is a damn good bet for all you avid achievement hunters out there.
Thanks to doboworth at HUKD